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Government accused of concealing vaccine data

Government accused of concealing vaccine data

THAILAND: The Rural Doctors Society has accused the government of concealing information about the real situation facing supplies of the AstraZeneca vaccine promised for this week.

By Bangkok Post

Monday 31 May 2021, 08:52AM

A health worker holds a syringe and a vial of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul.

A health worker holds a syringe and a vial of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul.

Suphat Hasuwankit, president of the Rural Doctors Society, posted on the society’s Facebook page that a source told him the government now has to order 500,000 doses of the vaccine from South Korea to supply its mass vaccination campaign which kicks off on June 7, instead of sourcing from local production.

The government had to pay a lot more money for the AstraZeneca vaccine from South Korea simply to fulfil its promise that the AstraZeneca vaccinations will be available on time, Dr Suphat said.

And as the government had previously promised up to 1.8 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive in the first batch in June, people who have already booked their vaccination appointments may end up getting Sinovac jabs instead, he said.

As COVID-19 vaccine supplies remain insufficient worldwide due to low global manufacturing capacity, vaccine makers are handling vaccine orders strictly in chronological order, while some urgent orders are accepted with extra charges. Currently, only the Sinovac vaccine has been obtained by Thailand in an “urgent” manner, he said.

Dr Suphat said that as the government has a limited amount of the AstraZeneca vaccine, it has instructed hospitals to get 12 doses from each vial, instead of the 10 doses that the label recommends.

The idea is to increase the number of people who receive the vaccine by 20% while using the same amount of the vaccine, he said.

Given the vaccination situation, Thailand’s COVID-19 outbreak will remain serious for several more months, while June is likely to be particularly chaotic in terms of vaccination management, he said.

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Christy Sweet | 01 June 2021 - 12:12:33

Getting 12 doses from a 10 dose vial and delaying a second dose by 600% past the manufacturer's recommendation- what could go wrong?   

Xi_Virus | 31 May 2021 - 12:15:09

Xhinse official are having hard time convincing own people to use Xi vaccines such as Sinovac and sinopharm. The generals themselves took AZ and/or Moderna / Pfizer jabs yet forcing the nation to use Xi vaccines! 

Christy Sweet | 31 May 2021 - 10:01:21

Not sure if I would trust a locally manufactured vaccine.  Sorry, not sorry- the culture is just too.. er,  lackadaisical for this serious of an endeavor. Yes on AZ from Korea, no on any Russian or Chinese formulas- they simply skimp on safety protocols and kill their own people for opinions!

Kurt | 31 May 2021 - 10:00:27

The Thai medical society now starts giving vaccination alarm signals. Talks about concealing by government ( Not lying). Look like local vaccine production still some time in future since government ordered now 500,000 doses from South Korea. Planning and timing things very difficult here. On paper and in press all fine, in practising, much of the time a mess.

JohnC | 31 May 2021 - 09:06:13

Nothing new here. Governments hiding the truth for the very people they are supposed to serve happens in every country. When will politicians wake up and realise they serve us, not the other way round.


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